The Echoing Green

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*Note: this contains the piano reduction only. For the clarinet part, please purchase the entire Songs of Innocence cycle.

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William Blake compiled some of this poems into two sets: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence consists of 19 poems written about idyllic scenes, happy themes, and generally child-like innocence. Songs of Experience is a parallel set of 26 poems, often about the same themes but written from the perspective of many years of experience and are often earthy, dark, and grave. These sets of poems contain some very obvious parallels; for instance, in Songs of Innoncence, one can find a pair of poems called “Little Boy Lost” and “Little Boy Found” while in Songs of Experience can be found “Little Girl Lost” and “Little Girl Found.” I chose the following five poems from the Songs of Innocence because of their clear text that I was able to construct into a loose narrative arc. The final song, “On Another’s Sorrow,” will serve as a thematic transition into the yet-to-be-written set of songs from Songs of Experience.

3. The Echoing Green

The sun does arise,
And make happy the skies;
The merry bells ring
To welcome the Spring;
The skylark and thrush,
The birds of the bush,
Sing louder around
To the bells’ cheerful sound;
While our sports shall be seen
On the echoing green.

Old John, with white hair,
Does laugh away care,
Sitting under the oak,
Among the old folk.
They laugh at our play,
And soon they all say,
‘Such, such were the joys
When we all—girls and boys—
In our youth-time were seen
On the echoing green.’

Till the little ones, weary,
No more can be merry:
The sun does descend,
And our sports have an end.
Round the laps of their mothers
Many sisters and brothers,
Like birds in their nest,
Are ready for rest,
And sport no more seen
On the darkening green.

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